In conjunction with the Chinese New Year (CNY) celebration, PPB staff visited the senior citizens of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Chester Rawang Selangor (PKCRS) on 26 January 2017. The visit started with tossing of the auspicious dish “yee sang”, followed by a delicious buffet lunch. The senior citizens and PPB staff played some fun games after that, and the visit ended with each senior citizen getting an angpow. PPB also installed new awnings at the home to provide shade against the direct afternoon sun.
Established in 2009, PKCRS is an old folks home in Wangsa Permai, Kepong for senior citizens abandoned by their families in hospitals; many are singles who prefer not to be dependent on their family members. Those who were abandoned were referred to the home by public hospitals such as Hospital Ampang and Hospital Sungai Buloh; others were referred by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia. PKCRS Wangsa Permai currently has a total of 34 residents aged 48-82 years. The home is funded mainly by public donations and their monthly expenses amount to about RM25,000.
In a separate CNY celebration, Cheras LeisureMall invited 90 senior citizens from five charity homes for a chinese casserole or "Poon Choi" luncheon on the 7th day of Chinese New Year which is known as "Everyone's Birthday" in Chinese culture. The participating senior citizens were from Charis Sheep Pen Shelter, Pusat Jagaan Rumah Love & Care Kajang, Lotus Charity Care Centre, Siri Jayanthi Metta Care Centre and Rumah Orang Tua Ampang. The God of Prosperity was also present at the luncheon bringing joy to the senior citizens and blessing them with angpows, mandarin oranges and CNY gifts.
PPB celebrates the main festivals in the country with the underprivileged to bring them cheer during festive seasons when others are celebrating with their loved ones and families.